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Nominations Sought for Historic Preservation Awards

The Ames Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards Program. This program recognizes a variety of historic preservation activities, including work on building exteriors, site work, and other notable contributions to preservation in Ames.

The historic resources that are nominated must be located within the city limits of Ames, have undergone historic rehabilitation, restoration, or historic preservation, and be at least 50 years old. Additionally, architecturally compatible structures may be nominated. The structural work or other notab... Read Full Blog

Battery Electric Buses Are Coming! Help Decide Their New Look!

CyRide will soon be getting two new battery electric buses, which are scheduled to be delivered by the end of June 2022. These clean vehicles were funded by the Federal Transit Administration Low- or No-Emission Grant program for $1.6 million and the Iowa Department of Transportation Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust for $390,000.

The new buses will lower carbon emissions, control noise pollution, and reduce the operating costs of CyRide’s large bus fleet. Instead of an engine burning diesel fuel, these vehicles run from 564-kWh batteries, which could power a ho... Read Full Blog

Public Art Commission Seeks Volunteers for Storm Drain Art Pilot Program

In an effort to raise awareness about water quality, the Ames Public Art Commission (PAC) seeks resident support with a pilot project to educate the community about the importance of protecting our watersheds and environment. Through funds from the Storm Water Utility, residents are invited to submit potential designs to paint on an adopted storm drain in Campustown or Downtown, with a theme of bringing awareness to keeping these waterways clean and free of pollutants.

“Water running into storm drains flows into our local streams, rivers, and lakes. Pollutants that enter these sto... Read Full Blog

Public Art Commission Seeking Artists to Design Electric Transformer Boxes

The Ames Public Art Commission (PAC), in partnership with Downtown Ames, seeks artists to add visual interest to Ames by beautifying ordinary public infrastructure. A pilot program to cover electrical transformer boxes with vinyl wrap designs has been approved by the Ames City Council to be implemented in Downtown Ames.

PAC is seeking amateur or professional artists of all ages who are Ames residents to submit designs for consideration. Templates (in PDF) available on the PAC website provide dimensions and locations for the seven various-sized boxes that are planned to be wrapped.... Read Full Blog

Volunteers Sought to Serve on City Boards and Commissions

Mayor John Haila is looking for Ames residents interested in volunteering their time to serve on a City board or commission.

Board and commission members make recommendations to the Ames City Council and offer assistance to the Council in carrying out various forms and functions of city government. There are nearly 20 separate boards and commissions, which focus on distinct issues, programs, or services.

“If you are looking for a way to become more involved in our community, volunteering your time to serve on a City of Ames board or commission is an excellent way to do t... Read Full Blog

Donations & Volunteering for MLK Day Project

Ames Public Library is organizing a day of service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The public is encouraged to participate by donating materials or volunteering time.



Through January 16, bring donations of new/unused containers of the following items to the drop box in the Library. Travel size or full size are welcome! 
 • tooth brushes
 • toothpaste
 • body wash
 • shampoo/conditioner
 • menstrual products


Day of Service

On January 17,... Read Full Blog

Entries Sought for MLK Essay Contest

The Ames-Story County MLK Day Celebration Committee is hosting its second annual Essay Writing Contest to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All Ames and Story County high school students are invited to enter the contest.

Contestants are encouraged to become familiar with Dr. King’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and then explain the significance of a specific quote from this text and its relevance to the United States today. The reading, quote, and additional submission requirements can be found at Entries are due by midnight o... Read Full Blog

Stay Involved in Climate Action Planning: Meetings Set & Survey Available

The public is encouraged to stay involved in the process of creating a community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Ames. There are several opportunities in December to participate in the process, learn more about carbon reduction target-setting, and to provide feedback.

Developing a CAP is part of the Ames City Council goal of valuing environmental sustainability, and the City of Ames has completed several preliminary steps toward developing a plan for Ames. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory, a community-wide baseline for carbon emissions, was completed in 2020. This data provid... Read Full Blog

Ames Plan 2040 Public Hearings

Ames Plan 2040 is a new Comprehensive Plan to guide the growth and change of the Community over the next 20 years. This plan will replace the City's current plan that was adopted in 1997. The Plan addresses the Vision for the City related to Land Use & Growth, Mobility, Community Character, Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Neighborhoods, Housing, and Sub-areas. 


The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the following Public Hearings:

Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing – Ames Plan 2040
Wednesday, Dec. 1 - The... Read Full Blog

Climate Action Plan Emissions Reduction Survey Available on City Website until Dec. 10

A survey to generate feedback from Ames residents on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals as part of the City’s climate action planning is now available on the City’s website. Participants are asked to take the survey one time to share their thoughts on this part of the planning process. The survey is available at  and will remain available through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. Paper copies of the survey will be available at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., by the end of the week.

The survey a... Read Full Blog

Public Notice Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Notice is hereby given that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has under review application for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) air quality construction permits. The permit application was submitted by Iowa State University – Power Plant located at 220 Power Plant Bldg., Ames, Iowa 50011.

Based upon the information provided by the applicant, DNR has determined that according to the PSD regulations the Iowa State University – Power Plant is a "major stationary source.” The permit applications have met the requirements of 567 Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) ... Read Full Blog

Nominations Accepted for Humanitarian Award

The Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC) is seeking nominations for its annual Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes and honors a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, including efforts to promote diversity, fairness, and equality. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a resident of Ames.

The recipient of the award will be recognized during the community celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

The Humanitarian Award application is available on the City’s webs... Read Full Blog

Financial Assistance Available to Ames Residents Affected by COVID-19

The City of Ames has funds available to support Ames residents who have been affected by COVID-19 (including the Delta variant) and need rent, mortgage, or utility assistance. 

“We continue to take applications from Ames residents, and we encourage people to apply for help,” said Vanessa Baker-Latimer, Housing Coordinator. “We know this has been a very difficult year for so many people, and we have financial aid available for those struggling with basics like paying for housing or utilities.”

More information, including an application, is available at www.CityOfAmes... Read Full Blog

Story County Residents Must Register to Receive Emergency Alerts

Story County has replaced its Story County Iowa Alert system with Alert Iowa, a new emergency notification system with enhanced features. With this switch, residents will have access to new functions and can create one user account for an entire family that includes multiple addresses and phone numbers. Participants may also opt-in to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

To access these features, you must register for a new account. “It’s very important that everyone register for the new system,” said Ames Fire Chief Rich Higgins. “Even if you had registered f... Read Full Blog